Although you probably don’t remember it, you have gone through an extraordinary journey before you were even born! Childbirth is the beginning of life, but before that, the process is almost like an entirely different universe.
From the process of the sperm fertilizing the egg, there is a race of over 300 possible specimens that could reach an egg.
Once this connection is made, the process of cell division begins until the embryo forms and latches itself to the uterus.
At this point, the host’s womb is the shelter and care system of the fetus. The journey of childbirth and the way the fetus develops and connects with the biology of a person is truly fascinating.
1. Egg: As soon as the winner reaches the egg, the process of a fetus forming begins. It can only be done by the strongest of the bunch.
2. Cell Division: At the beginning of fetus development, there is a rapid process of cell division known as cleavage. This can be seen as the first step in the process of a fetus coming into existence.
3. Embryo: After the continuous cell division, an embryo develops and attaches to the wall of the host’s uterus. This is where it will stay until it’s time to be born.
4. Development: This is when the embryo begins to grow limbs. One of the first things that you have at this stage is also a beating heart. Although this looks more like a shrimp at this point, this is what you looked like before your life started.
5. Backbone: At about week five, the fetus will be about the size of a sesame seed. As the cells continue to reorganize themselves, the embryo continues to take shape. At this point you can see the spinal cord and brain, and other primitive organs are also being developed.
6. Limbs: Although the fetus still probably looks something more like a tadpole, this is when the placenta and umbilical cord is formed so the cells of the fetus can take in nutrients and oxygen from the host.
7. Face: By about week 9, the fetus will start to develop the beginnings of a face. The tail-like structure called the embryonic tail is no longer there.
8. Almost there: Eventually, the top of the fetus will fully form developing eyelids and earlobes as well as fingers and toes. At this point it’s still the size of a grape.
9.Movement: During later months of pregnancy–about 21 weeks in–the senses in the fetus will be developing. A person may feel the fetus kicking more or responding with movement when they touch their stomach. The fetus will also be able to feel its own face and surroundings.
10. Lungs: After 27 weeks it’s common for the fetus to open its eyes out of reflex, though it can’t actually see anything yet. It will begin swallowing and can sometimes develop hiccups but this is completely normal.
11. Final Steps: By the time the third trimester rolls along, it’s been 28 weeks now and the fetus will weigh approximately 2 pounds. It will also develop a layer of fat to protect and keep it warm when it leaves the womb.
12. Senses: The fetus will now be able to open its eyes and see the light coming in through the womb. At this point its sense of hearing will also be developing so a person can try talking or singing to it.
13. Moving Out: In preparation for birth, most full-term fetuses will turn around in the womb so that their heads rest on the pelvis of the host. They will remain upside down like this until it’s time to come out.
14. Birth: As the person enters labor, they may experience their water breaking, contractions, and back pain as the infant prepares to exit the body. Every person has a different experience with childbirth but all of them experience labor pain.
15. Arrival: Because the body has to stretch so much in order to allow the infant to pass, it can definitely be a painful experience, but the infant puts out its best effort! The plates in a newborn’s skull are not fully connected to make it easier to squeeze through the tight passage.
16. Family: And there you have it, the stages of development that occur during childbirth. Becoming a parent is one of the most beautiful things on the planet and there is no other love quite as strong that that of a parent and their newborn child.